Moving to the U.S. to study English is an exciting opportunity. For many, it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Make the most of your time in the U.S. and avoid these 5 common mistakes international students make. After 45 years of providing English instruction, we at CISL continue to see these mistakes made again and again!
5 Common Mistakes International Students Make
Speaking their native language
It’s very easy to speak your native language, especially if there is some in your residence hall or at your school who speaks your language. Remind yourself DAILY why you are here: to learn English! This means speaking English to everyone, not just people who do not speak your native language. Remember: every conversation you have is a chance to improve your speaking skills.
Not going on activities
At CISL, we provide organized activities nearly every day of the week. These activities are an excellent way to see more of San Diego and San Francisco; they are also a wonderful way to meet other students from the school and interact with the CISL staff. Activities often provide access to museums, parks, and events at a discounted rate. Check with the Front Desk and see what’s planned for this month, and don’t miss out on the fun!
Missing local events
Sometimes, students are so overwhelmed with moving to a new city that they forget to really enjoy it. Don’t just learn the public transportation systems and where to buy groceries: learn about the fun things happening in your new neighborhood! Check out the Instagram pages of local neighborhoods, search online for local events, and visit local cafes and look for flyers. Immerse yourself into your new environment and you will soon feel like an important part of your new community.
With today’s technology, we are always connected: WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are just some of the many ways we stay in touch with friends and family! But don’t forget that you sometimes need to disconnect from the digital world in order to truly enjoy the world around you. It would be a shame to look back on your time in California and remember being on your phone instead of remembering being in a place.
Not exploring the new city
Your new city will have many new neighborhoods to explore: see them all! Don’t get stuck staying in your new community; remember to explore everything the city has to offer. With public transportation and ride services such as Uber and Lyft, you are connected to all parts of your new place. Explore!